A highly rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with so-called ‘porcelain’ dial displaying ‘floating’ logo, bracelet and guarantee.

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1988
    Reference No: 16520 "The Meissen"
    Movement No: 10’314
    Case No: R’787’052
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4030, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max. length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex twinlock deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex warranty dated 1990, product literature and wallet.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While reference 16520’s popularity has increased dramatically in the past few years, few automatic Cosmograph Daytonas are as beloved as the ‘R Series’. Still displaying the original factory sticker on the case back, this reference 16520 features a so-called ‘porcelain’ dial displaying the “Cosmograph” script floating below the text at 12 o’clock. Made of lacquer, “porcelain” dials were only fitted to the earliest 16520s. The black graphics were printed on top of the dial, giving it a three-dimensional effect. Of particular note is the “inverted 6” on the lowest subsidiary register, a detail that is particularly beloved by collectors today.

    Virtually unworn, the case is offered in unpolished condition, displaying razor sharp lugs and full proportions. Furthermore, this rare Daytona retains its original early steel bezel calibrated to 200 units. Later generation examples would have a bezel calibrated to 400 units.

    Impressively, this watch is accompanied by its original warranty, stating that the watch was sold at Herteen & Stocker in the USA. Still in business today, the retailer is situated in Iowa City.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 16520 "The Meissen"
A highly rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with so-called ‘porcelain’ dial displaying ‘floating’ logo, bracelet and guarantee.

Circa 1988
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 140,000 

sold for CHF187,500

Contact Specialist
Tiffany To
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 96 63
tto@phillips.com

Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018